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Sunday, March 8, 2015

Mask away your imperfections with Origins!

Sponsored review 

After a nice long beach getaway, while I am happy for the much needed R&R, my face had taken a beating from the strong sun and exposure to salty seawater. Despite my best efforts, I've got a minor case of breakouts and skin is left looking dull. So it's just perfect timing when I was delighted to be extended 3 of Origins's best-selling masks, namely the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask, Origins GinZing Refreshing Face Mask and the Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask.

I start off with deep cleansing, because as they say...if the bad stuff don't go out then the good stuff can't come in! The Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask contains active charcoal which is a natural detoxifier, and it acts like a magnet to draw out impurities which clog up the pores, coupled with White China clay (otherwise more popularly known as Kaolin) absorbs the free radicals and pollutants, whereas Lecithin dissolves impurities, helps to hydrate skin and boost cell repair.

To use, I first open pores with a warm, moisture towel, before layering on the mask. 

The texture unlike other mud masks I've used; its soft and gel-like, which glides on smoothly when applied and does not have a patchy effect whi The good thing about the Origins Active Charcoal mask is that it is rather fast drying, and although the suction power is rather strong, it does so at a nice comfortable level.

For me personally, I applied 2 layers to get a moderately thick coverage. When washed off, it dissolves easily as it touches water; leaving skin feeling fresh. I observed after 3 weeks of use (twice, that I have lesser occurrence of blackheads especially on my nose, and skin looks clarified. I realized as well that pimples breakouts are reduced, which I deduced is thanks to the disciplined routine cleansing with the mask to prevent clogging.

After my face is deeply cleansed, I next use the Origins GinZing Refreshing Face Mask. It features Coffee Bean extracts has antioxidant and anti-flammatory properties that help to revitalize skin; and also contains Cucumber Hoelen Mushroom that helps to both refreshes and soothes skin to achieve that natural healthy glow. 

I love the lightweight consistency which really locks in the moisture; this gel-based mask works great when you pop it in the fridge first before application. When applied, it becomes abit watery-like and which makes great for slathering onto areas and crevices of the face. Leave it on skin for about 10 minutes, before tissuing off. The mask smells fresh, most likely thanks to the Cucumber ingredient, and I actually believes it helps in depuffing my face, caused by water retention after a particular night out drinking with friends. 

And if you are looking for a truly hydration-packed punch, as this serves to restore the moisture our skin loses during the day through perspiration, etc. One mustn't overlook this because as skin is highly dependent on water for healthy skin elasticity.

Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask contains the goodness of Avocado and Apricot Kernel Oil to deliver an immediate and highly-packed hydration punch which not only replenishes the hydration lost but also deeply but also stores for future use. Japanese Seaweed repairs skin's barrier to prevent future dehydration and signs of premature aging.

Of the 3, this one has the most lovely scent of of sweet apricot. However, while it has a great buttery texture that made it easy to glide and apply , and I found it abit rich so just a small 20c dollop is enough for the whole face. I did like that it left my face feeling supple and a light dewy complexion. I would especially recommend this for people who have dry skin as I find it really locks in moisture.  A definite must-bring for my winter trip to France in December!

All 3 masks are currently retailing at Luxola online now, you can shop them here: 

But that's not all! Enjoy a 15% off when you check out items using my promo code: 

Do note that  the code is not usable on the following brands. Stay beautiful everyone!
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  1. always have a bias towards clarifying masks but not a fan of sleeping masks because they are quite sticky on my face :(

  2. Ive yet to try an Origins product but the first masks sounds like something Id really love.

  3. Ive yet to try an Origins product but the first masks sounds like something Id really love.

  4. these masks sound fab, love the refreshing feeling after applying products with cucumber in them! x
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  5. Never used any mask from this range, now definitely will pick the first one.

  6. I've already heard that these masks are good, but have never had a chance to try them out. I would love to try Drink Up Intensive and GinZing masks.

  7. yet to try origins but these sounds good....

  8. I'm yet to try Origins.. My face is very sensitive so I'm weary of changing products.. thanks for sharing :)


  9. I've heard of the brand but never had the chance to use it yet, but thanks for sharing =)

  10. I've heard of Origins before but I'm yet to use any of their products. These look really good.

    GIG LOVE | The Life of Leeshastarr

  11. seems great mask for this brand. never heard of it before.
    maybe i should looking for it and try <3

  12. always heard good thing about the brand but never tried. I really want to try their charcoal mask.

    GIG Love,

  13. i've heard really good things about origins! thank you for reviewing, they all look amazing :)

    Pudding Monster

  14. i haven't tried any of their masks. the charcoal sounds lovely

  15. I haven't had the chance to try this out but i would when i see it. I love origins

  16. ooo i do love the smooth sweet peach mask too!!! it look like it smell so good!

  17. Never tried this brand. I love visiting as i get to know so many brands and products at your blog. Thanks for sharing.
    - Heena,

  18. Tha ks for sharing. I love this kind of mask. Will find it wen going to SaSa.

  19. The products look impressive and I love the sea shells you've used in the background :P :)


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